Today’s passage: Revelation 9
- The fifth and sixth trumpet judgments are described. They are also referred to the first two of three “woes.”
- Our imaginations could run wild with these explanations from the Apostle John. We could err by taking all of the explanations too literally. We could err by trying to naturalize every description. We could also err by trying to predict with exact detail what all of these things, people, creatures will be. I think the specificity is yet to be revealed.
- Some things we can be sure of from this passage:
- Satan is a destroyer, even of his own followers.
- Satan and his demons can do nothing without God’s permission. God is sovereign over all.
- Even with all the devastation conveyed in this text, the world still will not repent.
Questions to consider:
- In what ways can we see similarities with these judgments and the plagues in Egypt? Are there any correlations? What (If anything) should we make of that?
- How do verses 1 and 11 go together in a way that seems to indicate Satan is the angel being referred to in this passage as “Abaddon” and “Apollyon”? (These words mean “destruction” and “destroyer”)
- How do verses 1 and 15 give evidence of God’s continued sovereignty over the devil? Even if the devil thinks he is getting away with doing whatever destructive thing he desires to do, whose ultimate purpose is he still serving? How fickle is it for anyone to think they can go a different direction that the sovereign will of God? Why is it absolutely right to follow Jesus Christ?